Aase Berg is lightning. I can’t describe her poetry better than that. She’s elemental and shocking.
Every time she publishes a new book we get work off to spend the whole day with it. Nobody writes a collection, cover to cover, better than Diane Seuss.
If I could be half as ornery as Nin Andrews is in her poetry in my real life then I would be smiling all the time just thinking about what I might do next.
I’ve read her collection ‘The Book of Endings” forty-five or fifty times now. It’s the book I’ve spend the most time with the last three years.
Empathy can make us whole. There is no living poet that makes me feel that more than Hanif Abdurraqib.
Darren C. Demaree is the author of eleven poetry collections, most recently “Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire”, (June 2019, Harpoon Books). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.